Did you ever get this to work?  I have not.

On Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 6:16:37 PM UTC-5, Adam Morris wrote:
> The solution I went with is not perfect, but pretty good...  My 
> localaccounts task has two main user tasks in it (they take lists of users 
> and are identical apart from one aspect).  The lists are provided with 
> Linux style password hashes.  
> The first section runs only on Linux hosts and takes the hash as is.  
> The second one runs only on aix and replaces password={{item.password}} 
> with password={{item.password | replace("$1$", "{smd5}") | replace("$5$", 
> "{ssha256}") | replace("$6$", "{ssha512}") }} 
> This replaces the linux style encryption identifier $[1|5|6]$ with the AIX 
> equivalent {s[md5|sha256|sha512]}
> Adam
> On Tuesday, January 7, 2014 12:10:43 PM UTC-8, Romeo Theriault wrote:
>> On Tue, Jan 7, 2014 at 7:47 AM, Adam Morris <zwac...@gmail.com> wrote:
>>> On Monday, January 6, 2014 4:33:57 PM UTC-8, Romeo Theriault wrote:
>>>> Not sure I'm going to answer your question but I'd recommend that you 
>>>> use the highest level of password encryption your version of unix 
>>>> supports. 
>>>> On modern Linux boxes this is SHA512. I'm not sure about AIX. I don't 
>>>> *believe* openssl passwd allows you to generate SHA512 encrypted 
>>>> passwords. 
>>>> I use the python library passlib [1] for this.  Easy enough to do:
>>> Thanks Romeo, AIX can handle SMD5, SHA-256 and SHA-512... (plus blowfish 
>>> on the server I checked).  so I could say that we should use SHA-512 going 
>>> forward.  That still leaves me with the question as to how I handle them... 
>>>  Do I store an AIX password and a Linux password for every user, do I munge 
>>> the passwords when I use them, or do I add a potentially ugly hack to 
>>> Ansible that would take care of the issue?
>>> I'm leaning towards the second option myself...  It's not entirely 
>>> clean, but it does seem like a reasonable way to go.
>> If like you suggested AIX passwords just have something prepended to them 
>> I'd just store one SHA512 password and interpolate the needed prefix on the 
>> AIX boxes. 
>> -- 
>> Romeo

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